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Friday, June 28, 2013

Sea Shells and Roses

Bonjour Mes Amis,
Each summer I always love to bring out sea shells that we've collected on beach vacations over the years.  Not only do they say "summer is finally here!", but they also serve to bring back many wonderful memories of places we have visited.
 So a few weeks ago when I received the most beautiful hand painted shell from a very sweet and oh so talented friend, I could hardly wait to incorporate it into one of my shell vignettes!
 I knew right away that I wanted to create a shell display in my glass apothecary jar, that was a garage sale bargain from last summer. You may have seen me use it in various displays thru out the year.  
I've placed it on a pretty large silver tray, along with some sand dollars, a little glittered shell and a pretty pink rose.
 Ok, now back to the star of my vignette!  Just look at this shell with the most gorgeous hand painted roses!  Isn't it beautiful?  I love the touches of blue that my friend added amongst the roses and leaves.
 I think it looks perfect with my sea shell collection!
Oh, I forgot to mention that I added some decorative sand to the bottom of the apothecary jar.  I found a bag of it last year at Jo Ann Fabrics.
 Here is another close up of the shell.  Love!!
 It's on our dining table, along with a vintage white eyelet runner that I've had forever.
 More shell and rose love!
 It's hard to see in the photos, but there is a nice clear glossy coating to the shell, giving it a glass like sheen.
 Here is one last look.
Have a great weekend!


Joyce Mayer said...


Happy weekend dear friend. Hugs to Katie Bug.

Tete said...

That is really pretty. Love it. Have a good weekend there and enjoy the summer time.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a pretty way to bring summer into the house.

Renee said...

It's so pretty! No wonder you love it!

Trisha said...

What a beautiful gift you received! The little pink rose just makes that whole vignette perfect! Have a great weekend!


The Bashful Nest said...

I love shells too, each one is so beautiful in its own way. Have a great weekend.

Michelle thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The painted shell is lovely and I also think it looks great with you shells. I too love a jar of shells in the summer!


NanaDiana said...

Donna- I love it- that is just so cute in that setting. Is that handpainted or decoupaged? Whatever it is- it is beautiful. I don't know if you changed it earlier or just now but your header looks great- SO pretty. I thought I opened the wrong blog at first because it looks so different....lol. Hope you have a wonderful weekend- I have the girls here for the night but they will go home tomorrow- xo Diana

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna,
I just love how you used the rose shell in your centerpiece. This is a great idea. The tray looks perfect added with a few sand dollars. I like to decorate with shells for a beachy summer theme too. So glad you are enjoying it
my friend. I had to giggle at Diana above asking if the roses are decoupaged. She has given me an idea. LOL

Have a great weekend.
XO Celestina Marie

Debbie said...

Nothing says summer like seashells!
Your shell dish is stunning!!
What a beautiful arrangement you've made for your dining room table, Donna. LOVE it!

rhonda j fortner said...

hope you dont mind me sharing ;) thanks so beautiful love that jar also